Where do you want to go? Where have you been? Have you read 1,000 Places To See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz? Did you find yourself adding destinations of your own?
I just looked at my profile over on Where I've Been, and I was shocked to see that I've only been to 8% of the world. I'd think on my bucket list would be a goal of 20%. And even then ... to see only 20% of the planet on which I live? How disappointing.
I was fascinated to read a post on National Geographic entitiled The Ultimate Travel Destination: Home. In the post by Robert Reid of Reid on Travel in Travel with Heart on October 11, 2013, he makes a case that the ultimate destination is ... home.
Of course, I find it very cool that Mr. Reid is from my home state of Oklahoma. Tulsa to be exact, where I'm going to be spending my Thanksgiving week.
As Alain de Botton put it in The Art of Travel, “The pleasure we derive from journey is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” Reid goes on further to write, "That’s a mindset that can only form abroad – like a muscle built from exercise — and that finds its greatest purpose once back home."
What do you think? Do you agree that the ultimate travel destination is home? What is home, exactly? What is your ultimate travel destination?